New Standards on Clothing Donations Adopted

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InterAction's board of directors has approved the addition of new material assistance standards on clothing donations for the InterAction PVO Standards, a set of standards that define operational, financial and ethical codes of conduct for the NGOs that are members of InterAction.

The new clothing standards stipulate, among other things, that clothing donations should be made to support organizations’ local program activities and tied to specific program and organizational objectives. They also say that in making distributions of clothing, members shall in no case discriminate based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.  “Unfortunately, poverty carries with it an unfair stigma of shame. We, as leaders in our sector, have to ensure that the type and quality of clothing that we send for distribution will have a positive and uplifting effect on the beneficiary,” said Angel Aloma,  the executive director of Food for the Poor and the co-chair of the Gifts-In-Kind (GIK) Working Group at InterAction. The board approved the standards at its April 28 meeting.